Modern Classics Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

Paperback | February 22, 2000

byMuriel SparkForeword byCandia McWilliamTranslated byA K Ramanujan

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Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie includes an introduction by Candia McWilliam in Penguin Modern Classics. Romantic, heroic, comic and tragic, unconventional schoolmistress Jean Brodie has become an iconic figure in post-war fiction. Her glamour, unconventional ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her girls at the Marcia Blaine Academy - 'the crème de la crème' - who become the Brodie 'set', introduced to a privileged world of adult games that they will never forget. Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was adapted into a successful stage play, and later a film directed by Ronald Neame and starring Maggie Smith. Muriel Spark (1918 - 2006) wrote poetry, stories, and biographies as well as a remarkable series of novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), The Mandelbaum Gate (1965) which received the James Tait Black Prize, and The Public Image (1968) and Loitering with Intent (1981), both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Spark was awarded the T.S. Eliot Award for poetry in 1992, and the David Cohen Prize for literature in 1997. If you enjoyed The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, you might like Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'A sublimely funny book ... it is a book to be read by all ... unforgettable and universal' Candia McWilliam, author of Debatable Land

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Scottish novelist Muriel Spark is known for her acute ability to expose the petty weaknesses of her characters, illuminating the darker side of the human experience. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie asks readers to recognize whether the human experience has a prime, if this special climactic time of life can be identified and if bitternes...

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Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie includes an introduction by Candia McWilliam in Penguin Modern Classics. Romantic, heroic, comic and tragic, unconventional schoolmistress Jean Brodie has become an iconic figure in post-war fiction. Her glamour, unconventional ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her girl...

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Romantic, heroic, comic and tragic, unconventional schoolmistress Jean Brodie has become an iconic figure in post-war fiction. Her glamour, freethinking ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her girls at the Marcia Blaine Academy - the ’creme de la creme’ - who become the Brodie Set, introduced to a privileged world of ...

Muriel Spark has written poetry, stories, and biographies as well as her remarkable series of novels. She is an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and in 1993 was created OBE. A native of Scotland, she now lives in Italy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.33 inPublished:February 22, 2000Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141181427

ISBN - 13:9780141181424

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Scottish novelist Muriel Spark is known for her acute ability to expose the petty weaknesses of her characters, illuminating the darker side of the human experience. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie asks readers to recognize whether the human experience has a prime, if this special climactic time of life can be identified and if bitterness occurs as this time passes. The story tells of a school teacher with the profound ability to impressionably impact her students. Written with Spark's classic comic wit, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie has also become an acclaimed stage, film and television production.